At the end of this year, Google Health will flatline. The service couldn’t encourage many people to import or analyze their health data, and experts say its untimely death is, in many ways, an extension of U.S. health-care providers’ failure to share data across institutions, or make it easy for patients to obtain it. Google’s free online service lets people upload, store, analyze, and share their health information. But there are hundreds of different health-care [...]
electronic health records need standardizing of certain features, much like braking systems in cars, health IT leaders tell feds
Rather than study electronic health record (EHR) usability in the abstract, “a few high-value use cases, particularly those that have patient safety implications,” should be examined, according to recommendations developed by the Health IT Policy Committee’s adoption and certification workgroup. Those recommendations–based on a day of hearings held by the workgroup–were outlined in a letter to national health IT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD. In the letter, Marc Probst, CIO at Intermountain Healthcare and co-chair of [...]
Verizon has added new capabilities to two of its security programs, capabilities that should help health delivery organization strengthen security across their health systems and assess the security practices of partners they do business with. Announced Thursday, the company said its Verizon Security Management Program-Healthcare (SMP-H), an online dashboard that helps organizations assess and strengthen their security, will now include a new module based on the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF), [...]
Only 5% of adults say they received online information, care, or support from a health professionals
Whether or not you work in the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries, it’s worth noting the growing role of the Internet and social networks in how we make medical decisions. The fact that Americans are turning to the Internet and social networks for resources on some of our most deeply personal healthcare issues is a striking commentary on just how much our ideas about privacy are changing. If someone is willing to discuss their personal medical [...]
When you purchase something, would you rather pay the “wholesale” or “retail” price? If you are a rational person, you would say “wholesale” 100 percent of the time because everyone knows that wholesale is cheaper. You are getting it more directly as there is no middleman. Well, that is how you can look at the health insurance system in this country. Private health insurance is “retail” while Medicare and Medicaid and the veterans health care [...]
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